Tia Sharp murder house undergoes demolition

A row of houses in New Addington, near Croydon, South London, where the body of school girl Tia Sharp was found, are demolished. Credit: PA

The house where schoolgirl Tia Sharp was murdered and hidden in the loft was undergoing demolition today.

Tia, who would have been 13 tomorrow, was killed by Stuart Hazell, 37, who was jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years last month.

The Old Bailey heard that Hazell sexually assaulted Tia before murdering her and hiding her body in the loft of the home he shared with her grandmother Christine Bicknell.

Croydon Council has said that demolition work of a number of houses will be completed by August and new homes will be built in their place. The work to raze the properties began in May.

People who lived in the properties have been rehoused.